BEREA – Kellen Winslow might not end up on injured-reserve after all.
Surgery on Winslow's fractured right fibula revealed no structural damage. Coach Butch Davis seems more convinced that Winslow will play again this season, perhaps earlier than expected.
The original prognosis called for a rehabilitation period of eight to 10 weeks.
"If there is good news is the fact there was absolutely no ligament damage," Davis said. "They put the screws in. The first estimation from (doctor Anthony) Miniaci was that probably within 10 days to maybe two weeks they'll take the boot off and he'll be able to start strengthening the ankle. Then it will just be on the fast track."
Doctors should have a more concrete return date for Winslow by the time of their bye week at the end of October.
"He has a chance to play a pretty significant part in the second half of the season, provided there are no setbacks," Davis said. "When you go into surgery, you hope you don't go in there and, oh no, there's cartilage and ligament (damage). There wasn't, so that was good news."
INJURY REPORT: Cornerback Anthony Henry was a late addition to the injury report. Henry apparently suffered a concussion during the Dallas game but didn't report it. He missed a portion of Wednesday's practice and is listed as questionable.
Running back Lee Suggs was able to participate in more practice drills Wednesday than he did the previous Wednesday.
"He took part in just about every period that we had," Davis said.
NOT DONE YET: Courtney Brown apparently is determined to return next season despite suffering another major setback. Brown talked to Davis shortly after having surgery to repair the Lis Franc ligament in his left foot Tuesday.
"I talked to him on the telephone two hours after he had surgery, and he said, ‘I'll be back,' " Davis said. "He has an awesome disposition. He's a remarkable kid."
ROGERS RETURN: Tyrone Rogers, who was signed Tuesday to replace Brown, is glad to be back on the roster. However, he isn't pleased with the circumstances that led to his return.
"I'm coming in to try to fill a void," Rogers said. "I hate to be here under these conditions because Courtney and me are good friends, and he had to get hurt."
Rogers was in Green Bay's training camp this year.
BACK OFF ON THE CUTCH: The situation doesn't appear promising for cornerback Daylon McCutcheon, who had three pins inserted into his broken left middle finger Tuesday. McCutcheon is wearing a big cast. Although he's listed as day to day, it seems improbable that he'll play.
NUMBERS GAMES: Tight end Chad Mustard, who was signed off the practice squad Tuesday, will wear number 88. He had worn number 83, the number Aaron Shea took when he sold number 81 to Winslow. Receiver Frisman Jackson, who's on the practice squad, switched from 88 to 19.
INJURY REPORT, PART TWO: Out for the Browns are offensive tackle Ryan Tucker (quadricep), defensive tackle Gerard Warren (pectoral) and Winslow. Tight end Steve Heiden (knee) is doubtful. Listed as questionable are defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban (groin), Henry, McCutcheon, Suggs and guard Paul Zukauskas (knee). Running back James Jackson (ankle) is probable.